This wedding was awesome and held at two very quintessential Pittsburgh places (well, with the exception of Primanti’s) so we quit jaggin around, red up arr haas in North Carolina, came up to da ‘Burgh and went dahntahn to shoot their wedding n’at yinz guys.

Ashley and Dave both went to the same high school as me, only 4 years earlier, so it was a wedding full of people who went to school with my sister (there were several mistaken identity issues) but whom I vaguely knew from seeing their faces at my sister’s random school functions. So there was a lot of, “Is that…?” and “Are you…?” and “You look familiar…” going on, and a few reunions of people who were my sister’s friends who I tried to usurp for my own friendship back in the day because I was that type of little sister (sorry, Laura). Laura actually set me up for this wedding by reuniting with Ashley when they were both put on a flight to Los Angeles and randomly sat next to each other and Ashley had just gotten engaged. Small world! There was also one past wedding couple (Morgan and Jim!) and one future wedding couple (Julianne and Ian!) at this wedding which was super cool… so we had a great time photographing this wedding as well as hanging out with some really awesome folks.

Ashley was a really excited (and gorgeous!!) bride, but I think Dave’s excitement took the cake, as he was one of the happiest grooms we’ve ever photographed. He made some sort of golf analogy to us at the end of the night that we can’t quite remember, but the gist of it was that his wedding day was, in short, the best day ever. :)

^In order: future, present, us, and past CSP clients all at one wedding. :D

Date: October 20, 2012

First Song: “You & Me” – Lifehouse

Ashley’s Occupation: CPA & Assistant Vice President of Finance at PNC Financial Services

Dave’s Occupation: High School Sports Writer for Trib Total Media and PSU Engineering Student

How You Met: High school, but began dating in college

Ceremony Location: Heinz Chapel // Pittsburgh, PA

Reception Location: Lexus Club at PNC Park // Pittsburgh, PA

Officiant: Rev. Cameron Malcolm IV

DJ: Jay Schimmel

Florist: Brides and Butterflies

Cake: Fenoglietto’s Wedding Cakes and Honeymoon Travel

Caterer: Levy Restaurants (Lexus Club/Gunner’s Lounge at PNC Park)

Hair: Studio Raw

Makeup: Ginger Papp

You know you’ve known someone for a long time when one of your past experiences with them involves going to see Oasis in concert.

Morgan was a few grades older than me, but close friends with my sister. It turns out that she was also close friends with Geoff’s sister at the same time in some weird Twilight Zone-y way. Anyway, I used to see a lot of Morgan until I got to the point where I would stop pestering my sister to hang out with her and her friends. :P They graduated, I graduated, etc (in closer proximity to Morgan’s younger sister Randi), and our relationship turned into Facebook friends, as so many relationships do these days. When she asked me to shoot the wedding of her and her fiance Jim back in Pittsburgh and about 10 minutes away from our hometown, I was very excited… excited to see her and her family again, and excited to meet Jim, because I was pretty sure he’d be pretty cool.

And of course he is (and I welcome another groom who has GREAT hair and excellent music taste), and of course they are, and of course their family and friends are. In fact, it was one of the coolest assemblies of people we’ve met in a long time. There were cats involved, an old family house, Tom’s wedding shoes, alleyways to shoot in that I’d never thought to visit even though I grew up ten minutes away, lots of Hall and Oates and Phil Collins, a videographer who used to be my band teacher, a Glen’s custard visit (a Springdale staple), and… perhaps best of all… a totally decked out Steelers bar who yelled at our newlyweds from across the street: “Hey, yinz guys come over here and we’ll give you a drink!” Of course, the drinks actually were accompanied by the owners and local bar residents blasting The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” while playing along via jugband (i.e. banging whisks against beer bottles) in celebration of Morgan and Jim’s soon-to-be marriage. I’m not sure what could have been better, but upon wading through and editing their pictures later, I’ve determined that nothing could have been better.

First Dance Song: “Something” – The Beatles

Bride’s Occupation: Pricing Coordinator – GNC Corporate Headquarters

Groom’s Occupation: Project Administrator  – Siemens Energy // Soccer Coach

How You Met: Well, we were born in the same hospital 2 days apart and were in the nursery together – our families even visited with one another (her Mom and his Aunt were bffs in high school).  But we don’t really remember that.  25 years later our mutual friends unknowingly reunited/introduced us.

Interesting Bride Fact: 100% certified crazy cat lady, and avid bookworm

Interesting Groom Fact: Has an extremely extensive record collection, shuns most modern technology, and hopes to one day open a used book store so that he can go to work barefoot every day.

Date: November 19, 2011

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Springdale Veterans Association // Springdale, PA

Officiant: District Magistrate Carolyn Bengal

DJ: Craig Brown // DJ Goodtimes

Florist: Springdale Floral

Cake: Oakmont Bakery

Caterer: Patti Luffy // Ranieri Catering

Hair/Makeup: Ashlee Pici Seger // Ashley DeMasi Hair Salon

Videographer: Brian Querry // Querry Music Productions

out of raleigh and back in pittsburgh on august 28th for nicole and luke’s wedding. :) this was a cool wedding to do seeing as how i went to high school with luke and how i’ve known his older brother since my days of braces and extreme hair cuts (ohhh, middle school…you were shameful years, indeed). his brother chris was good friends with my sister and we knew each other through her and various marching band appearances (i told you they were shameful years). anyway, chris was in my sister’s grade a few years ahead of me while luke was a grade younger than me. chris and i have kept in touch via facebook and he’s been following my photography progress since i’ve started. actually, i owe the whole creation of the carolyn scott photography blog to him! it was totally his idea. thanks, chris!

anyway, when luke and nicole got engaged, he recommended me to luke and i ended up booking them for their wedding. :) it was super exciting and awesome to see everyone again and to meet the lovely nicole for the first time (although we’re pretty sure we must’ve met before at some place…sometime…which neither of us can really remember). they had a gorgeous wedding at st. george orthodox church in new kensington, pa while their reception was at the oakmont country club (helloooo nicest golf course in the states!).

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gotta love getting ready in a children’s school. this sign was amazing (it’s the elementary school teacher in me).

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WEDDING FACT: nicole and i chose the same bridesmaid dresses for our girls except hers are purple and mine are black. also – both of our dresses are la sposa – an amaaaazing spanish wedding gown maker. ::high five, nicole!:: we have good taste, what can i say. :)

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nicole is beaaaautiful!

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WEDDING IRONY PART ONE: this was the first wedding where i had absolutely no restrictions inside the church whatsoever despite it being the most religious/scared ceremony i’ve ever attended. in fact, i was encouraged and asked to use my flash through the entire ceremony and stand up front with the priests (yes, multiple priests…3 to be exact). i never use my flash during the ceremony, but this church was extremely dark and i did so at the request of the bride. the church was seriously breathtaking and i’ve never been in one like it.

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WEDDING IRONY PART TWO: so usually i have a ton of restrictions placed on me at the church during the ceremony and total free reign at the venue where we usually take the formals. however, this was totally opposite. no restrictions whatsoever at the church… a trillion restrictions at the country club. we were allowed to take pictures in a very limited area of the course due the fact that it’s a very prestigious country club and, as we were told by the man that followed me around to make sure i didn’t break any rules, that a spike from a bridesmaid’s heel could cost the course $4,000. soooo, we obviously followed the rules. :D geoff was also told that he was not allowed to check a voicemail out in the hall, but that he had to go outside for that…which cracked me up. this club is serious stuff!

but what it lacked in freedom it made up for with its gorgeousness, delicious food (or so i hear because i still can’t eat much), and overall coolness because hey – i was at the oakmont country club! NEAT.

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they are a seriously good looking couple!

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this picture never fails to crack me up on chris and his jumping sister. THIS IS FOR YOU, KAIT.

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it was a great wedding that i was so happy to be a part of! it was an honor to be able to photograph such an intimate ceremony and to be able to shoot inside the oakmont country club. :) congratulations to the newlyweds and please keep in touch! and thank you, luke, nicole, and chris, for making this happen!